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It's Not Fair
February 23, 2014

It's Not Fair

Friday night we met some friends for dinner and then went back to their house to watch the Olympics and to play some cards. "Any one want some coffee?" my friend Laura asked. "Who wants regular and who wants decaf?" Now mind you, she is asking this question at about 9:00 PM.

"Oh, regular" my husband responds. "Good" says Rick, "I wanted regular coffee too." So the three of them drank a couple of cups of coffee, while I had a glass of water.

When we got home at about 11:00 PM, my husband promptly falls asleep as he always does. No caffeine side effects there. "It's not fair." I thought. But then I remembered the sleepless nights and nights of tossing and turning, and concluded that a cup of coffee is not worth a sleepless night for me.

Side Effects of Caffeine

As you can see side effects of caffeine are different for different people. And that may change at any different time. Some health conditions and aging make people more sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

Perhaps you too could have a cup of coffee at night without any disruption to your sleep and now you are having problems falling asleep or staying asleep. It may or may not be the coffee but giving it up is a good place to start. Many sleep experts suggest that a person with sleep problems stops all caffeine after 2:00 PM or noon. My suggestion is that you give it up completely until you are again sleeping well at night.

What has helped me is to figure out other hot drinks that I like just as much as coffee, so I don't feel deprived. Would you believe there is a coffee substitute - that is all natural, has great taste and I enjoy it even more than a Starbucks latte:

Find out what it is here:

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